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Old 11-16-18, 01:39 PM
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what size of nimbus do you use? 700c x 35? Also are these on the standard wheels.

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Yes, these fit fine on the standard wheels. You can actually go all the way down to 700x28 on the standard wheels, but not sure if thats a good idea on the Crosstrail though. The 700cx35 Nimbus is the smallest I can go on my newer wheels though.

Pictured here the 700x35 Nimbus on my original wheels.

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How you finding the different wheels. What the advantages of them?
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How you finding the different wheels. What the advantages of them?
Well, I got a 29" mountain bike set of wheels with 36 spokes since I'm a clyde and needed something more robust. The original wheel on the Crosstrail kept popping spokes after I ran through rocks after my son with his mountain bike. That wheel is now used when hooking my Crosstrail up to the trainer.

Advantage is the new wheels are able to handle rough terrain better. Disadvantage, I don't feel the road like I did on the original wheels when riding on the pavement. It kind of mutes the feel which some may say that's a good thing.
I haven't had a spoke pop since getting them though.

I posted here (post 437) a picture of the new wheels: Weinmann wheels on Crosstrail

Oh and another picture (post 944) with my Conti's earlier this year with the new wheels: Conti Tires on Weinmann Wheels

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What mudguards are you guys using not looking dor a full coverage ones, maybe the ones that fit on the downtube or along that lines?
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What mudguards are you guys using not looking dor a full coverage ones, maybe the ones that fit on the downtube or along that lines?
I use this "Dave Guy" model mudguard by PDW. It's nice because the shield itself goes on an off with snaps so I can just leave the mounting on the bike all the time and quickly put the guard on when I need it. In the back I have a basic rack from Performance Bike that serves well as a rear fender. Note the nice, clean water bottles...



After a day of use on the C&O Towpath trail.
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I have just ordered the crosstrail elite model to collect in a few days, got home and realised the shop has ordered me the 2018 model and they have listed the 2019 model on their website. Is there much difference in spec as they look the same and im clueless as to which components are better
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I have just ordered the crosstrail elite model to collect in a few days, got home and realised the shop has ordered me the 2018 model and they have listed the 2019 model on their website. Is there much difference in spec as they look the same and im clueless as to which components are better
Past few years for the Crosstrails with the A1 frames, the only real difference has been color changes. About 2 years ago, Specialized switched from a triple crank-set to a double. Lower end models received hydraulic brakes and few other changes. Looking at Great Britain's Specialized site, it doesn't appear anything has changed, but the colors.

The greatest changes had been with the upper level Crosstrail models, from switching from the E5 Premium alum frames to the carbon frames. But it appears that Specialized has not posted even on GB site the upper level models. Unsure if they are coming back or not. Past few years Specialized usually has this all posted by now.
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I have just ordered the crosstrail elite model to collect in a few days, got home and realised the shop has ordered me the 2018 model and they have listed the 2019 model on their website. Is there much difference in spec as they look the same and im clueless as to which components are better
The 18 and 19 Crosstrail Elite (aluminum) are in all respects identical, apart possibly from colour. You can compare the two here: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/sh...t=#result-list

If there is any difference at all, it's that the 18 has metal pads on the front brake, resin on the rear, whereas the 19 has resin pads all around. That's it, and that can be changed at point-of-sale if it is a concern. In all other respects they are identical.

The carbon-framed ones (Elite and Expert) are discontinued. Regional Specialized distributors may have 18s still in stock (Canada does), but there are no 2019 versions.
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I'm turning my '09 Crosstrail Elite into a more capable XC/all-purpose bike and I'm struggling to find decent XC 1 1/8" suspension forks. Has anyone tried fitting a 1 1/2" to 1 1/8" tapered headset using an external bottom bearing or some other solution?
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I'm turning my '09 Crosstrail Elite into a more capable XC/all-purpose bike and I'm struggling to find decent XC 1 1/8" suspension forks. Has anyone tried fitting a 1 1/2" to 1 1/8" tapered headset using an external bottom bearing or some other solution?
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I think that at least some of the tapered headset adapter sets require a 44mm bottom bracket bearing size...not quite 1-1/2" size, but larger than typical 1-1/8" size.

Most good XC forks are available in a straight steer tube version. The Suntour XCR air fork is, and various Manitou and Rock Shox forks are as well. Some of the hard core ones are available only in tapered, but there is a good variety offered with straight tubes. What exactly are you seeking (in a fork)?
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I'm looking at 120mm forks that are easy to service, made by companies that have a good reputation. I was interested in an SR Suntour fork, but their reputation for reliability has me worried. Same with Manitou. I think the Rockshox Recon RL is the best option, but that doesn't come in a 120mm option for 29" wheels and a 1 1/8" steerer tube.

By the way, what is the largest tyre one can fit to the frame and still safely clear the chainstay?

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A 120mm fork will change the geometry of the bike quite a bit (the stock fork is a 63mm fork), and it will also significantly change the standover height. The front of the bike frame will be raised by 57mm (about 2-1/2"). This will be quite a change from stock. Suntour make decent forks when you go up in the line. XCR and Raidon are generally noted to be pretty good (both air forks), but I don't know about serviceability. Suntour get a pretty bad reputation for "cheap" forks due to the millions of trekking/comfort forks they make. And even those aren't "poor quality"...they're just designed for a certain use and a certain price point that isn't comparable to nice aftermarket forks. Suntour's aftermarket fork offerings are generally pretty good from what I understand.

Check out the sickbiker YouTube channel -- I think he recently did a video or two about the XCR air forks...possibly even servicing them.
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I'm looking at 120mm forks that are easy to service, made by companies that have a good reputation. I was interested in an SR Suntour fork, but their reputation for reliability has me worried. Same with Manitou. I think the Rockshox Recon RL is the best option, but that doesn't come in a 120mm option for 29" wheels and a 1 1/8" steerer tube.

By the way, what is the largest tyre one can fit to the frame and still safely clear the chainstay?

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I know that my Crosstrail is 68mm, so as Hokiefd stated, the 120mm fork would really mess up your bikes dimensions. If you want a better suspension fork, one recommendation is below:

Rockshox Paragon

There are also many touring forks (non shock) out there that can be used. I myself have been considering this:

Surly ECR 29

Before you choose any of the above though, you may want to verify the length of your fork, since it could be a different size than what I have.

Regarding tire size, there have been a few Crosstrail owners whom used a 29er mountain tire, believe it was up to 2" Anything larger would be too big. Think they posted around pages 14-24 on the Crosstrail thread. Should have images of them if you look through the pages.

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I have a 75mm RST front fork (which is rubbish and is now frozen shut) I've already tested the slacker geometry of a 120mm fork. Forgive me for this, but I put 5 cm of headset spacers under my headtube to simulate a 120mm fork, and it worked for me.

I'll take a look at SR Suntour XC forks, but I'm probably going to go with the RockShox Recon RL. Would there be any issues (besides slacker geometry) with that fork on my frame?
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Besides the change in geometry, you'll need to ensure that your brake cable or hydraulic hose is long enough to reach the longer distance down to the axle. This is easy to fix, but you'll need to plan for it if you don't have that much free slack in the line currently.
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I'm purchasing new brakes anyway, so that won't be a problem.
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So it looks like they are no longer making them? I don't see them on the website. Am I correct?
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So it looks like they are no longer making them? I don't see them on the website. Am I correct?
No longer making what? Specialized no longer making the Crosstrail? It looks like they are (link). Rockshox no longer making the Paragon Gold? It looks like they are (link).
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No longer making what? Specialized no longer making the Crosstrail? It looks like they are (link). Rockshox no longer making the Paragon Gold? It looks like they are (link).

The Crosstrail.

Dummy me, missed the page numbers at the bottom... This is what happens when you are away for a bit and forget how much fun it is to look at the websites. nm me, carry on. And thank you,
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The Crosstrail.

Dummy me, missed the page numbers at the bottom... This is what happens when you are away for a bit and forget how much fun it is to look at the websites. nm me, carry on. And thank you,
They did stop making the upper level models, no more carbon bikes on the Crosstrail, but the Ariel has a carbon? Guess the sales are still there.

What is confusing is Specialized doesn't even offer the Crosstrail Elite anymore in the U.S. Just the Sport and below. Wondering if the Gravel bikes are biting at sales on these bikes in the U.S.?
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They did stop making the upper level models, no more carbon bikes on the Crosstrail, but the Ariel has a carbon? Guess the sales are still there.

What is confusing is Specialized doesn't even offer the Crosstrail Elite anymore in the U.S. Just the Sport and below. Wondering if the Gravel bikes are biting at sales on these bikes in the U.S.?
Peculiar thing is, the Crosstrail Elite -- 2019 -- actually is on the U.S. site, but buried in Bike Archive. Very odd. https://www.specialized.com/us/en/cr...=237275-157784

As far as sales, I think it simply comes down to the fact that folks in N.A. generally won't pay for a 'hybrid' above a certain price point. Makes absolutely no sense to me, but there it is. I've ordered a Sirrus X Comp, but had something like a carbon Crosstrail w/Paragon fork, XT drivetrain/brakes been available at a not-excessive price that is what I would have gone for. But it isn't, so I didn't.
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